November 15, 2018,
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In celebration of National
Adoption Month, Adoption Rhode Island will hold their annual State House
Ceremony to celebrate adoption, raise awareness about the children who wait,
and recognize Rhode Islanders and adoption professionals for their dedication
to improving futures for the hundreds of children in state care hoping to
someday have a family to call their own. The inspiring event, open to the
public and all media, will take place on Thursday, November 15, from
5:00-7:30pm in the Chamber Room on the 2nd floor of the Rhode Island
State House. The heartwarming ceremony is made extra special by the unveiling
of Rhode Island’s 14th Annual Heart Gallery, a powerful exhibit of portraits of
children in need of loving permanent families, produced with the help of
Printmakers, Inc. of Pawtucket and several Rhode Island photographers.
Adoption RI’s theme for the coming year and featured during the State
House event is “Children first, and always,” a practice they embrace in every
aspect of their work.
As the Heart Gallery is
revealed, many of the children featured will be present to see their portraits
for the very first time and to reconnect with the local photographers who
donated their time and talents to create a beautiful memory for each child.
Others in attendance will feel the magic of the Heart Gallery, witnessing the
hope in the eyes of children who dare to dream that this will be the year
they’ll be blessed with a family as a result of the Heart Gallery, like so many
children from past years.
The Rhode Island Heart
Gallery will continue spreading magic to thousands of people as it tours the
state throughout the year.
“Everywhere the Heart
Gallery is displayed, new people come forward to become a visiting resource, a
foster parent, to find out more about adoption, or to begin the process,”
explains Adoption RI CEO and Executive Director, Darlene Allen. “Others have
reached out to help the children by volunteering or sharing a talent or skill.
Some feel a compelling bond with a particular child. And most exciting, some
families have gone on to be a ‘forever family’ to children.”
celebration will also include a brief speaking program, an Award Ceremony
honoring valued supporters, and more. (A list of this year’s award recipients
and community affiliation where available follows.) It promises to be a
night to remember.
We invite the public and
members of the media to join us for this free event. For more event details,
please contact Donna Rivera at Adoption Rhode Island, firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-270-1301.